Park Campground and Medano Pass Road Closed for Winter
The Pinon Flats Campground is closed for the winter season until April 1. The Medano Pass Road remains closed for winter at Castle Creek Picnic area until snow and ice melt out. More »
Main Park Phone Lines Down
The main phone lines to the Visitor Center and primary park numbers are not operational. Individual staff lines are still functional. Please call 719-378-6373 to reach the Visitor Center.
Sandboarding Skiing and Sledding
1-minute video introduction to:
Learn how to sand sled or sandboard in this fun 1-minute video with music on YouTube. National Park Service, 2013.
Sand sledding or sandboarding can be fun with the right gear and conditions. Below are tips for an enjoyable and safe sledding or sandboarding experience at Great Sand Dunes.
What Works and When to Go
Where to Go
Sandboarding, sledding, and skiing are permitted anywhere on the dunefield away from vegetated areas. From the main visitor parking area, it's a minimum 0.7 mile hike to get to the small or medium-sized slopes; the top of the first big dune is 1.25 miles.
With high clearance 4WD vehicle, visitors may drive on the Medano Pass Primitive Road to the Castle Creek Picnic Area; there, a 300' tall slope is right across from the parking area.
Great Sand Dunes National Park does not rent sleds or sandboards; these may be rented or purchased at various retailers. In the San Luis Valley, sandboards and sand sleds are available year-round for rent or purchase at Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa,719-589-9759.
From April - October, a limited number of sandboards and sand sleds are available for rent at the Oasis Store just outside the park entrance, 719-378-2222.
Did You Know?
Some of the most dramatic views of the 14,000' Crestone Peaks are from the north side of Great Sand Dunes National Park. More...